Pyrrhic Victories: What’s A Mom To Do?

Skiing, and learning, with friends if more fun. And no, you don't have to have matching coats!

When our son was  9 years old, he placed second overall for the season in our local ski racing club. It was his first year of racing and he was absolutely thrilled. His coaches congratulated him, breaking the good news with smiles, hugs and a round of M&Ms and high fives. I was, to say […]

Bravery 101: Chairlift Safety for Parents and Kids

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Let me start by saying that in all my years skiing with my children (and we’re coming up on 15 years of snowy fun and togetherness), my kids never fell off a chairlift. Yes, there were plenty of times when I was scared: The first lift ride with an instructor (silly me, there’s no one […]

On Wisdom, Age and Family

sophia greek wisdom

While I certainly don’t consider myself stupid or naïve, I would never say that I’m wise. Wisdom is something I associate with ancient Greek philosophers and cartoon owls. It’s such a high and unattainable attribute that I never really even think about it. That changed in mid-April, when I met a friend of a friend […]

Hard Truths About Skiing With Teens. And Some Good News, Too.

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Hard Truth #1: No matter how intelligent, fit and talented you are, there is always someone more intelligent, fit and talented. Usually your teen. Hard Truth #2: No matter how well you ski, or snowboard, there is always someone who skis, or snowboards, better than you. Usually your teen. If you’re the parent of a […]